Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Joe Quinn's Poltergeist

Monday, November 4, 2019

Book Review - Joe Quinn's Poltergeist

Joe Quinn's Poltergeist

About the Book
There’s a poltergeist in Joe Quinn’s house, and Davie is determined to discover its source in this lively, hopeful graphic storybook from David Almond and Dave McKean.

Joe Quinn has been telling everyone about the poltergeist in his house, but no one believes him. No one, that is, except Davie. Davie’s felt the inexplicable presence in the Quinns’ house and seen random objects fly through the air. And there’s something else . . . a memory of Davie’s beloved sister and a feeling deep down that it might just be possible for ghosts to exist. Full of thoughts of hauntings and grief and God, Davie hovers on a precipice of uncertainty and possibility, a space that storyteller David Almond occupies comfortably and returns to again and again — here paired once more with the dynamic, dreamlike mixed-media art of Dave McKean.

My Take on the Book
You would think that this book was specifically about a poltergeist, bu it is actually more about the relationship between Davie and the Parish Priest. This relationship is important as it is through this that Davie's life starts to get illuminated. While it may seem that Davie has a good life, under the surface you see anger, grief and more.  It is this personal anguish that seems to power the poltergeist. What is interesting is the connection between the poltergeist and Davie and how when the characters interact with this poltergeist they are really interacting with Davie. The book also has a ton of great illustrations that make the book really stand out.

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